What Makes Grand Pianos Sound Better

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                                 What Makes Grand Pianos Sound Better?
                                                 By Gray Rollins



   Grand pianos are seen as the pinnacle of all instruments, and are widely associated with the
glamorous jazz scene, and classical recitals. But what is it exactly about the grand piano that makes it
sound better than other types of piano, and is the fact that grand pianos are considerably more
expensive really justifiable?

Grand pianos are a relatively modern technology in piano design. Furthermore, they have proven to
be the preferable design of choice for most of the world's top pianists and enthusiasts. They differ from
the other major classification of upright pianos in a number of ways, largely relating to configuration
and size. The grand piano strings horizontally, and benefits from the force of gravity in its mechanism.
Additionally, its sprawling structure allows for a fuller sound to resonate through the bridge, giving an
impressive tonal distinction between grands and most upright models. Uprights on the other hand
strive to be tight and compact, whilst also affording similar tonal quality. Of course, something has to
give and with uprights, it’s the overall sound quality which is simply non-comparable to that of a grand.
However, the compressed mechanism on the upright is beneficial as a small and compact instrument
for practice and smaller public recitals.

Additionally, the grand piano also allows more accomplished pianists to perform ornamentation and
certain other musical features thanks to a special lever, which holds the hammer above the string for
longer. This means that by rapidly tapping the key, the hammer has less distance to move to reach the
string which ultimately correlates to an increased ability to perform ornamentation and more complex
staccato rhythms. With the upright design, it is impossible to include this feature, therefore you will
never be able to achieve the same overall responsiveness and feel as with a grand piano, and the
more accomplished player should feel limited by the scope for ornamentation on the upright.

The fact that the grand piano occupies more space allows its mechanism more freedom to strike the
string clearly. Additionally, the horizontality allows for a deeper resonation through the wood which
adds to sound. Throw in the added benefit of the repetition lever, and you've got yourself a quality,
unbeatable sound. Although the uprights really can't compete, they certainly have the edge when it
comes to space-efficiency and cost. It really is a case of determining your needs and objectives,
before selecting the piano that's right for you.

Gray Rollins is a featured writer for http://www.pianoscentral.com/ and

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                                  Tips For Recording Music With Your Electric Piano
                                                               By Gabriel Adams



 Electric pianos, also called digital pianos are become increasing popular, due to their many benefits.
Quality digital pianos now how a sound and feel very close to an acoustic piano. In fact, some digital
pianos can rival the best grand pianos in sound quality.

One of the best benefits of digital pianos is their digital output of sound, so it's very easy to record
music using just your digital piano and your computer.

Most keyboards and electric pianos have a one quarter inch stereo output. Most computers have a one
eighth inch stereo input, so you'll need an adapter. You can get the necessary adapter at Radio Shack
or a similar store.

Once you have your electric piano plugged into the microphone port on your computer, you'll need
software to record with. Audacity is about as good as you can get. It's free, and supports multiple
tracks, plus has many useful effects.

Once you install Audacity, you'll need to adjust your keyboard volume. You can adjust the volume via
the Audacity interface or on your keyboard.

To record, just click the record button and start playing...then click stop when you are done. To record
multiple tracks, just click record again and play along with the track you already recorded.

If you add acoustic tracks, such as guitar, vocals, drums, etc to your recording, you should use the
Noise removal effect on Audacity. This tool is very helpful in removing static and noise from your
recordings. It usually won't be necessary for your electric piano, though, since all the recording is
digital.

Using your electric piano and Audacity, you can easily create recordings with a “full” band. If you need
more voices for your keyboard, you can get midi boxes or software to add 100's of extra voices –
everything from drums to flutes.

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